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Censorship

+ - Poll: Americans Weigh Censorship vs Piracy->

Submitted by bs0d3
bs0d3 (2439278) writes "In the wake of the online protests against the pending PIPA, SOPA, and ACTA anti-piracy bills, Rasmussen asked US voters what their opinion is on the issue of censorship vs illegal downloading. Through a telephone survey, voters were asked: "Which is a bigger problem, that some people download movies online without paying for them or that the government will censor Internet content?" While 67% agreed that piracy is theft, 71% said that they were more worried about censorship than they were illegal downloading."
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Google

+ - Did Google Undermine U.S. Ability to Compete?

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "On June 6th 2007, Google's VP of People Operations testified before Congress that being able to hire the most talented employees was 'essential to the United States' ability to compete globally.' If that's the case, and allegations in a newly-released court document from the High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation case are to be believed, then was Google busy at work on that same day undermining the nation's ability to compete? From the Court document: 'On June 6, 2007, Arnnon Geshuri, Google's director of staffing, emailed [Google CEO] Mr. Schmidt, copying others at Google. (GOOG-HIGH TECH-00009764.) Mr. Geshuri wrote that Bill Campbell, Intuit's Chairman of the Board and Apple board member, “requested that Intuit be added fully to the Do Not Call list. . . . Please confirm that you are okay with the modification to the policy.” Afterward, Google contacted Mr. Campbell for permission before making employment offers to Intuit employees, even if the Intuit employee contacted Google first.' The Verge also reports that Steve Jobs personally asked Eric Schmidt to stop poaching employees, and Google responded by arranging to immediately and publicly fire the employee who initiated the call. The Court document also charges that Intel CEO Paul Otellini tried to hide and downplay a 'global gentleman's agreement' with Google. 'Let me clarify. We have nothing signed. We have a handshake 'no recruit' between Eric and myself. I would not like this broadly known,' Otellini reportedly wrote."
Google

+ - A Fake Profile on Google+ Goes Unnoticed, Gets 42,-> 2

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chinmoykanjilal
chinmoykanjilal writes "Recently, A Google+ profile has been discovered, which easily features among the top 1000 Google+ accounts worldwide, but is actually a fake account. The Google+ account of Victoria Nigar has attracted a lot of attention lately. She is in over 42,550 circles, and is ranked 545 among top Google+ users in the world, #10 in Canada. Clearly, she has a huge following, but the people who follow her looking at her profile have not the slightest clue."
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GNU is Not Unix

GCC Moving To Use C++ Instead of C 546

Posted by kdawson
from the keeping-with-the-times dept.
An anonymous reader writes "CodeSourcery's Mark Mitchell wrote to the GCC mailing list yesterday reporting that 'the GCC Steering Committee and the FSF have approved the use of C++ in GCC itself. Of course, there's no reason for us to use C++ features just because we can. The goal is a better compiler for users, not a C++ code base for its own sake.' Still undecided is what subset of C++ to use, as many contributors are experts in C, but novices in C++; there is a call for a volunteer to develop the C++ coding standards."
Linux

+ - Why Linux will dominate Australia-> 1

Submitted by daria42
daria42 (866794) writes "It looks like Australia's biggest telco, Telstra, is all set to launch a Linux-based media centre box to millions of Australian consumers. This rollout and the incoming wave of mobile phones based on Google's Android platform, this commentator argues, goes far to demonstrating the fact that Linux will come to be mainstream in Australia — just not in the desktop form factor that many have predicted for more than a decade. Fair point."
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Apple

+ - Rent an iPad for inflight entertainment->

Submitted by OzPeter
OzPeter (195038) writes "Jetstar will be trialling the renting out of pre-loaded iPads as a form of inflight entertainment instead of the the more typical seat back video system. No word in the article on how or if they will handle wi-fi connections, but interestingly it does mention that they will be usable during takeoff and landings — something that will be sure to spark lots of discussion regarding planes and modern electronics."
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Privacy

+ - Quit Facebook Day-> 1

Submitted by robbievienna
robbievienna (1771246) writes "The movement to quit Facebook due to privacy concerns has just taken a new turn. Over 2^15 facebookers think so, and have pledged to cancel their accounts. Quitting Facebook isn't easy. Facebook is engaging, enjoyable and quite frankly, addictive. Quitting something like Facebook is like quitting smoking. It's hard to stay on the wagon long enough to actually change your habits. Having peer support helps, but the way to quit Facebook is not to start a group on Facebook about leaving Facebook."
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Programming

For Automated Testing, Better Alternatives To DOS Batch Files? 426

Posted by timothy
from the run-them-under-wine dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I am working on a project that would allow our customers to test out sending different PCL commands to LAN printers. My initial thought was that a DOS batch file will allow users to select some simple options, send the tests to printers, and even generate a small web page which, when launched from the batch file, will provide email feedback on the tool. This all worked. To spice it up I added some ANSI color commands to the menus, though the implementation of that may prove tricky without resorting to .COM files or forcing the load of the ansi.sys via the command.com shortcut. And this implementation goes against my initial idea that I want the entire thing to be contained in a standalone batch file. My questions are: Is there a better option for this? Are DOS Batch files too 1990s to be taken seriously in 2010? The application needs to (1) be simple (2) be easy to update (3) be able to send PCL commands to LAN-attached printers and (4) allow email feedback. I don't know what other programming language would allow this and be as simple. I tend to think that I have found the best tool for the job but if you have another idea let me know. Call me crazy but I love DOS."
Biotech

Synthetic Genome Drives Bacterial Cell 174

Posted by timothy
from the sharpen-your-pitchforks dept.
Dr. Eggman writes "Physorg.com brings us news of a synthetic genome, produced by the J. Craig Venter Institute, being used in an existing bacterial cell for the first time. Using a combination of biological hosts, the technique produces short strings of DNA by machine which are then inserted into yeast to be stitched together via DNA-repair enzymes. The medium sequences are passed into E. coli and back into yeast. After three rounds, a genome of three million base pairs was produced." (More below.)

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